Monday, September 6, 2010

Fall (almost)

The weather finally settled down from unbearable heat  to pleasant temps. It feels like fall is beginning. Thank God, I hate that horrible humidity.

Last weekend, for some reason, the hillbillies lined up all their lawn chairs to face our house, like a little outdoor theater.


We wondered what the heck are they up to now. Notice how they have so thoughtfully put their trailer out to completely block our view from the downstairs? I guess they thought the trampoline wasn’t quite enough. To their credit, they were only cleaning the furniture and they put it back after a while. But for a time we thought we might have an audience.

Anyway, the trees are starting to change a little, so I took a picture of the first fall leaves out of my window.


If you look closely, they are a wee bit yellow.


There’s a closer look. I am mighty glad I have a window. Even if it is all tree most of the time. In the winter, we will have a grand view of the prison.

This weekend is Labor Day. On Saturday, I ran 6 miles (I just had to throw that in) and then we went to Dave’s sister’s (Barb and Tom) property in Wisconsin. It’s about an hour and a half from here, outside of Melrose WI.


Anyway, I guess that Mike’s daughter Kate (Dave’s niece) would like to have a super Meldefest 2011 next year on the 4th with everybody, which could add up to about 75 people, at least. No, more than that, now that I think of it. So Dave is supposed to create a Facebook group. I haven’t had much luck with that, but maybe the Meldes will embrace it.

Either way, Saturday we packed up the dogs and off we went.


We took Dave’s car, and have I posted that Dave got a new car? I am not sure I have, but here it is


With my big hip shadow! It’s a grand vehicle with a V8 gas guzzling engine. Fortunately, he only drives about a mile a day, so the car doesn’t get a lot of road time. But for this trip it was perfect.

The weather was very nice, a few puffy clouds.



For some reason, I didn’t take lovely WI landscape pictures, but every time we drive through WI, we always comment on how much prettier it is than MN. Sad but true. Of course, you can’t tell with these pictures, but WI is more hilly and has more trees and rivers than MN, which tends to be flat and full of corn. Like these pictures. Dang it. Not making my point at all.

But we arrived at the property and this is what we saw


Lovely trees in the sun.

Eventually they would like to put a house on this land and live there.



This is our relaxing spot around the smoky fire

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A little closer

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We are very comfortable.

Kate, the one standing, brought her two little children whom they are adopting from her husband’s daughter. Long story, however, very cute kids, and she is so patient with them.


All boy, Kylen is how you say it, but the spelling is another thing altogether.


Here’s our girl, whose name is also a K name, but do you think we could remember? Jeepers. I thought Dave knew since he saw her at the wedding in August, but no. (What was I thinking-Dave would remember a name?) Either way, we were quite jealous that she could fall asleep any old way and wished we could too. But then we’d probably be falling asleep all the time and conversation would be difficult.


She woke up and Tom took over. Don’t they both look really happy about it??


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Beta had a good time, and this old dog that belongs to Tom’s parents had a good time too. (Wow, I don’t know this dog’s name either. We really fell down in the name dept.)

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It’s very pretty and quiet there. And we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

When we left, we swung by Trempealeau and dropped off the Ginormous quilt to Lynnie.


I took this picture and the boys didn’t want to be in it, but you can’t tell how big it is, so I made them show themselves for scale.


I saw a bunch of other quilts Lynn’s mom did and really, I felt kinda bad because she was so attentive to detail and hand sewed everything. Not me. Although I did hand bind this. It came out nicely though, and Lynn was happy.

Blane brought over a new cat that we will be taking. His name is Jack and he is, as usual, socially inept and somewhat psychotic, thanks to his upbringing at the frat house.

He has been hiding in the cat box, but now he just hides behind the bed, or in the closet.


So I took him out and put him on the bed for a close up


He stayed on the bed until I left, approximately 63 seconds, then went into the closet. It’s gonna be a long time before this cat gets adjusted…..


So here’s Bodie (aka Yeltsin, really named Elvin) who isn’t exactly normal, but at least she doesn’t hide in the cat box.



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